Journal d’un Usager de l’Espace

Coming up in september, HYOID voices will premiere its latest project ‘Journal d’un usage de l’Espace’, in collaboration with choreographer Benjamin Vandewalle and composer Maja Hynninen at Kaaitheater in Brussels. A wonderful project, not to be missed!

In Espe?ces d’espaces, Georges Perec talks about the most trivial, commonplace, and therefore often overlooked, elements in the space around us; and at the same time proposes more poetic and philosophical interpretations of that space: the piece of paper and its dimensions, my bed, the bed, the bedroom, the apartment, the building, the street, the city, the country.

Around the words of Perec and the transdisciplinary practice of HYOID voices, Vandewalle’s low-tech, choreographic approach to sound and composer Hynninens spatial approach come together. An immersive exploration of the everyday beauty of space, sound, architecture, and movement.

Performance Dates:
17/09/2021 Journal d’un Usager de l’Espace Kaaitheater, Brussels (BE)

18/09/2021 Journal d’un Usager de l’Espace Kaaitheater, Brussels (BE)

19/09/2021 Journal d’un Usager de l’Espace Kaaitheater, Brussels (BE)

concept Benjamin Vandewalle – Hyoid voices – Maija Hynninen | choreography Benjamin Vandewalle | singers/performers Hyoid voices (Fabienne Seveillac & Andreas Halling) | music composition Maija Hynninen | technical coordination Centre Henri Pousseur | lighting designLucas Van Haesbroeck | costumes Moni Wespi | horns De Machienerie | executive production Caravan Production | residencies Kaaitheater, Walter Werkplaats, STUK, Concertgebouw Brugge, deFENIKS – Walpurgis, deBijloke | co-production Kaaitheater, Madetoja Foundation, Centre Henri Pousseur, Concertgebouw Brugge, Platform 0090 | support Cohort productions, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie | thanks to Peter Jacquemyn, Alice Van der Wielen

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Karen Willems joins Cohort

Karen Willems, drummer extraordinaire will join the ranks of Cohort!

The path of Karen Willems is a journey through a colorful world of possibilities. A free haven for influences from all over the world.

The Belgian drummer / percussionist is active in various fields. Started as a drummer in rock and pop bands such as Zita Swoon Group, Jan Swerts, Pascal Deweze, Yuko, Novastar, Mauro Pawlowski and others.

With a number of musicians she built up a tradition within improvised music and sound art: Eric Thielemans, Jean DL, Benjamin Glorieux, Aidan Baker, Stijn Dickel, Elms Willdick, Kreng, Kaboom Karavan, Jürgen Augusteyns, Frederik Croene..

Willems is also active in theater, dance and contemporary music productions and worked with Kopergietery, Ultima Vez, ChampdAction, Platform K, Bl!ndman [drums]..

Willems started her own project in 2012 under the moniker ‘INWOLVES’. Released 3 albums. Air+, Involves and Color In The Zoo.

From 2020 Willems is searching for personal modifications within her play of instruments and objects, with the focus on a solo path and collaborations.

Cohort will support Willems inhere ongoing research. She can be seen and heard in the coming weeks at Rewire festival, in a duo with legendary guitarist Fred Frith at Handelsbeurs in Ghent and solo at Concertgebouw Brugge.

Performance dates:
10/09/2021 with Machinefabriek, Rewire, The Hague (NL)

18/10/2021 with Fred Frith, Handelsbeurs, Gent (BE)

06/11/2021 Krik Krak Festival, Concertgebouw, Brugge (BE)

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Bijloke Wonderland

LOD Muziektheater and Muziekcentrum De Bijloke join forces again for a second edition of “Bijloke Wonderland”. A summer festival for music and music theater taking place from 10 to 29 of august at the beautiful location of De Bijloke in Ghent.

Down The Rabbit Hole and Zwerm are both featured at this wonderful festival, come by!

20-21/08 Down The Rabbit Hole – Jukebox

29/08 Zwerm – Great Expectations

Full program here.

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Cohort in Darmstadt

Cohort was invited by the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music to organise a think tank session on the topic of “How We Work”. Feel free to join in on this online event that includes a presentation by Pascal Gielen (“Commoning Music”), a conversation with artist Myriam Van Imschoot and an open discussion!

The event takes place via Zoom on Sunday 08 August 2021 at 16.00.
Meeting-ID: 916 0523 9033

To watch the prerecorded videos, go to the Darmstadt Festival website!

How We Work:

After a year-long cultural lockdown it seems more relevant than ever to think about our working methods and modus operandi in contemporary music. What are potential and sustainable alternatives to our current practices? How can we connect to a larger cultural scene and society as a whole? The session will start with a presentation by art-sociologist Pascal Gielen whose research on the commons as a pivotal resource for a sustainable creative biotope has been increasingly influential in the cultural sector. Building on Gielen’s presentation and on the potential role of the commons in our field, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe will talk with artist Myriam Van Imschoot whose unique work is defined by a multitude of artistic fields and media, ranging from dance and performance, film, sound-poetry, video-and sound installations, social artistic work and discursive practices. We will conclude with an open discussion about how our creation processes within the field of contemporary music can be infused or enlarged with new ideas and alternative working methods.


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